'''''The Sweeney''''' is a 1970s British television police drama
focusing on two members of the Flying Squad
, a branch of the Metropolitan Police Service|Metropolitan Police
specialising in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London
. The programme's title derives from ''Sweeney Todd
'', which is rhyming slang|Cockney rhyming slang
for "Flying Squad".
The programme was shot on 16mm
film by Thames Television
's film division, Euston Films
. It was originally broadcast on ITV (TV network)|ITV
between 2 January 1975 and 28 December 1978 at 21:00–22:00 on weekdays (usually Mondays), with repeated screenings at the same time until the early 1980s. It starred John Thaw
as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Dennis Waterman
as his partner, Detective Sergeant George Carter. Such was its popularity in the UK that it spawned two feature film
'' and ''Sweeney...